Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) to Alexander M. Ross
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.32
Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)
Place Written: Petrolia, California
Type: Autograph letter
Date: 13 September 1892
Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.5 x 13 cm.
Summary of Content: Wonders if her children should participate in the ”John Brown’s Fort” attraction at the Chicago World’s Fair. ”Mr. Holmes Pres. of the John Brown Fort Co.” has asked if her children will come work at the exhibition. At first he promised good wages, but now only offers menial work and little pay. Is now very skeptical, and wonders if she should send her children. Notes that ”Ever since John Brown’s death, there have been parties raising money on one pretext or another for ’John Brown’s poor family.’ The poor family have never received but a small amount of what has been claimed to have been raised.” Ross is not named as the recipient, but the letter was written to him. Author inferred from content., The Harpers Ferry Armory’s fire engine room and guard house in which John Brown and his band held their hostages during their raid became known as ”John Brown’s Fort.” A group of businessmen bought the fort and moved it to Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair. Almost no visitors went, and the Fort was later moved back to Harpers Ferry. Anne Brown’s children did not go to Chicago.
Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
Full Transcript: [excerpt], …Ever since John Brown’s death, there have been parties raising money on one pretext or another for ”John Brown’s poor family.” The poor family have never received but a small amount of what has been claimed to have been raised, who does get it is one of the unsolved mysteries...
Keywords/Subjects: African American History;, John Brown;, Abolition;, Slavery;, Expositions and Fairs;, Finance;, Children and Family;, Woman Author;, Women’s History;, Poverty;
Background: Anne Brown Adams was the daughter of John Brown., Alexander M. Ross was a famous Canadian naturalist, also a prominent abolitionist and a strong supporter of John Brown.Order Image